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Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street)
Tickets are $45 and available at
A limited number of tickets are still available for this weekend’s Sake Social fundraiser!  Spend a delightful evening learning all about the many nuances of Japanese rice wine in one of the most stunningly beautiful venues in the city: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Taste delicious sake, enjoy a delicious array of appetizers, and bid on some fabulous items at our silent auction—all in support of the Powell Street Festival Society!
Sakes will be provided by Blue Note Wine & Spirits, That's Life Gourmet, Select Wines & Spirits, The Association of Pure Sake Promoters of Japan, D-Way Beverage Inc, and Jizake Japan. Appetizers will be prepared by Hapa Izakaya, Open Sesame, Fujiya, and Freshpoint Produce.
Also: Pink fortune readings by Nandemo Kandemo ($20 for ten minutes; cash or cheque). Additional samples of sake will be available for a small fee.
Online ticket sales end at noon on June 1; there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.
Event Restricted to adults aged 19 +; no minors allowed.
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Thursdays in June (June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2013)

The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street)
The Powell Street Festival Society and The Cinematheque are pleased to present the fifth edition of Kibatsu Cinema, a celebration of the odd and the eccentric in Japanese pop culture and contemporary Japanese film. Kibatsu is a Japanese word denoting a person or thing that is, by ordinary standards, unusual or unconventional, and all of the films that will be screened at this year’s festival—many of them Canadian and Vancouver premieres—embody just that.
Featuring: Casting Blossoms to the Sky (June 6 @ 6:30pm); The Dark Harbour (June 6 @ 9:25pm); Time of Eve: The Movie (June 13 @ 6:30pm); The Echo of Astro Boy’s Footsteps (June 13 @ 8:30pm); Milocrorze: A Love Story (June 20 @ 6:30pm); The Primitchibu World + Encounters (June 20 @ 8:15pm); Ringing in their Ears (June 27 @ 6:30pm); and Outsider Art in Japan (June 27 @ 8:15pm). Curated by Chris MaGee (read Chris' recent interview with The Bulletin here).
For tickets or more information, visit

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013, 9:00pm
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street)
Tickets: $15 in advance at$20 at the door
More information here:

Fashion and art come together in The Orientique, an evening of performance curated by Yuriko Iga, produced by Studio Keiko and Blim, and presented by the Powell Street Festival. The Orientique introduces a new vision of fashion design work that crosses over into the realm of wearable art. Featuring designs by Yasuhiro Tomita of Rukus and Terry Sasaki, and Akihiko Izukura. A fusion of Western and Eastern influences and old and new Japan, The Orientique will throb to sounds and beats from DJ LKS. 
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Save the date for Spatial Poetics XII on Saturday July 6th featuring new collaborative interdisciplinary works by Lisa Gelley with Gabriel Salomon, Howie Tsui with Sammy Chien and Joseph Hirabayashi with Gillian Cole.
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We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our dedicated volunteers! If you’re interested in signing up as a volunteer for the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival, please contact Philip McMahon at by Sunday, July 14th, 2013 (new volunteers must fill out the downloadable form available at 

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The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) is looking for a new executive director.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The NNMCC is a leading Japanese Canadian organization providing public and educational programs, museum and archival services, as well as a community meeting ground to British Columbians and Canadians. The NNMCC is a non‐governmental organization with a small and dedicated team of professional staff that run the day‐to‐day operations of the organization. Volunteers play an important role, and include the Board, an active Auxiliary Committee, and several board/volunteer committees.
ABOUT THE POSITION: The ideal candidate will be a passionate spokesperson for the community, with a proven record of success in people management, community collaboration, financial management and fundraising. The Executive Director will oversee five direct reports including: the Director‐Curator, Public Programmer, Accountant, Rentals Manager, Office Assistant/Receptionist and miscellaneous contract staff. The Executive Director is integral to the success of Nikkei Place through effective partnerships and collaboration with the leadership and staff of the Nikkei Senior Health Care and Housing Society (NSHCHS) and the Nikkei Place Foundation (NPF).

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Do you have a Japanese-Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is happy and excited to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events to our newsletter. It's our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via PSF Community Event Submission Form.

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